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65 - What We Know So Far

If there's one actor we can count on to have an intuition for gold, it's Adam Driver. Throughout the 2010s, the star has been drawn to bold, unique films from leading voices in contemporary filmmaking. His resume is nothing short of incredible, having racked up memorable collaborations with masters like the Coen brothers, Martin Scorsese, Spike Lee, and Steven Spielberg. Some of his most recent partnerships include Leos Carax on "Annette" and Ridley Scott on both "The Last Duel" and "House of Gucci." We get the feeling that Driver is at a point where he can work with whomever he wants.

So it's no wonder Driver raised some eyebrows when it was announced that his next project would be "65," a film from two comparatively little-known directors: indie horror up-and-comers Scott Beck and Bryan Woods, best known for writing the original story for "A Quiet Place" and co-writing its screenplay. "65" is also a departure for Driver in that it's one of the few genres the actor hasn't tried his hand at yet: the sci-fi thriller. But, considering how dependable Driver has been in the past, that only gives us more confidence that "65" could be a winner. Here's what we know so far about the mysterious upcoming film.

When will 65 be released?

"65" was originally announced in September 2020, according to Deadline, with Scott Beck and Bryan Woods directing, writing, and producing "under their newly formed Beck/Woods banner." Sam Raimi, Zainab Azizi, and Debbie Liebling were also announced to be on the producing deck.

At the time, there was some uncertainty about which of Adam Driver's many yet-to-shoot projects he would prioritize after finishing "The Last Duel." But, as it turns out, "65" wasn't too far down the queue for Driver; principal photography for the film began just a couple of months later, on November 30, 2020, and wrapped in January 2021, according to Variety Insight.

This opened the door for Sony Pictures to announce an official release date. In May 2020, Deadline reported that the movie was set for a May 13, 2022 release in U.S. theaters; Variety Insight confirms that it will have a wide release.

Who will be in the cast of 65?

Adam Driver is certainly the big headline-maker as far as casting for "65" goes — not least because it will be only the second time in at least a half-decade, along with Scott Z. Burns' "The Report," that Driver will be teaming up with rising film talents as opposed to established A-listers.

In the months following the project's initial announcement, two more actresses were added to the cast, both of them child stars: Ariana Greenblatt (Disney Channel's "Stuck in the Middle") joined in November 2020 (via Deadline), and Chloe Coleman (Amazon's "My Spy") in December (via Deadline).

No info has been divulged about the characters any of the three actors are playing; in fact, Sony is seemingly opting to stoke the mystery surrounding the project for as long as possible, so no additional casting info has been made available. Given the film's November to January shoot and the fact that it was filmed so soon after Sony's initial announcement, we're more than likely looking at a COVID-era concoction — which is to say, the cast will probably be minimal, and could very well be limited to just those three actors. But that's just speculation on our part for now. 

What will 65 be about?

Sony and the filmmakers are being very stringent about keeping details on the plot of "65" under wraps. For now, all we have to go on is this official logline, which appears on the project's Variety Insight page: "An astronaut crash lands on a mysterious planet only to discover he's not alone."

That, plus the description of the film as a "science fiction thriller," could lead to an array of interesting possibilities. If Beck and Woods intend to return to their "A Quiet Place" wheelhouse, "65" could be another high-octane, wide-appeal blockbuster thriller; after all, they've shown that they know how to keep an audience on its toes with sparse dramatic elements. But if we're to judge by Beck and Woods' previous work as directors, "65" could just as well be a weirder, more challenging, more twisted genre exercise in the vein of "Haunt" or their "50 States of Fright" segment "Almost There (Iowa)."

We'll just have to wait and see. Composer Danny Elfman, who's doing the score for the film, did promise in an interview with Inverse that it is "a pretty wild piece of imagination," so whatever Beck and Woods have in store for us, we're ready for it to get our hearts and minds racing.